From boats to the beat

Bush copper: Orana LAC Rural Crime Investigator Detective Senior Constable Thomas Magann. Photo: NSW Police Force Facebook.

Bush copper: Orana LAC Rural Crime Investigator Detective Senior Constable Thomas Magann. Photo: NSW Police Force Facebook.

Rural crime in the Orana Local Area Command (LAC) is under control thanks to a dedicated team of detectives across the region.

Orana LAC Rural Crime Investigator Detective Senior Constable Thomas Magann has been on the job since September 2016.

But before he became a police officer, he was building boats in Newcastle.

Det Snr Const Magann grew up in Binnaway and completed his training in 2005 at the NSW Police Force Academy in Goulburn before being posted to Bankstown.

He has been a police officer for the past 12 years and has been attached to the Dubbo detective unit since 2010.

“We investigate pretty much all incidents of crime that impact on the function of the pastoral, agricultural and aquaculture industries,” Det Snr Const Magann said.

"This includes but is not limited to, stock, produce and property theft, rural break and enters, firearms offences, trespass, illegal hunting, fraud and much much more.”

Rural crime has always been an issue in the Orana region.

But Det Snr Const Magann said for the past 12 months rural crime hasn’t increased in the area.

“Reporting is slowly increasing due to the ongoing promotion of reporting rural crime,” he said.

“My advice to farmers is do everything you can to make it hard for rural offenders.

“Don't allow opportunistic criminals exploit your property.”

Det Snr Const Magann urged landholders to communicate with neighbours and secure their property.

“Most importantly report all rural crime to Police,” he said.

“If we don't know about it, it makes it extremely hard for us to do something about it.”

For more information about rural crime, including how to secure your property, visit http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/safety_and_prevention/safe_and_secure/rural_crime

Anyone who has been a victim of rural crime is urged to contact rural crime investigators via their local police station. Crimes can also be reported to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000.